DC’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in the District of Columbia.

DC’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

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How do we determine DC's best Christian colleges and universities?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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There are 4 Christian colleges and universities in DC, all of which satisfy our criteria. The best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 40%.

Best Christian Colleges & Universities in DC

  1. #1

    Georgetown University

    #38 institution's historical influence
    #19 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Washington, DC

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    What is Georgetown University known for?

    Georgetown University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    The Catholic University of America

    #277 institution's historical influence
    #261 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    5K

    Washington, DC

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    What is The Catholic University of America known for?

    The Catholic University of America’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #3

    American University

    #177 institution's historical influence
    #113 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1300/29

    Washington, DC

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    What is American University known for?

    American University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Economics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Trinity Washington University

    #2126 institution's historical influence
    #460 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    1K

    Washington, DC

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    What is Trinity Washington University known for?

    Trinity Washington University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Literature
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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